Developed and Published by Nintendo of America Inc., "The Legend of Zelda" was released for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) in august of 1987. Created by the legendary Shigeru Miyamoto, it introduced many innovative and control features that great RPG games are still associated with today. This is the classic 5 Star role-playing game (RPG) Legendary in it's exploration, addictive gameplay, and instant popularity. Easily one of the most popular video game franchises of all time, the Legend of Zelda continues to draw in new fans each time it is ported. It was the first NES game to sell over 1 million copies, and collectively has nearly 50 million copies sold. And the reason is because it was one of the first video games to offer a complete world with map, that could be freely explored, a save feature that allowed players to retain their daily progress rather than having to start over, action sequences balanced with exploration, discovery and secrets, and power-ups permanently increasing abilities.
The game scenario is that you play as a heroic elf named Link in the land called Hyrule. And you embark on a quest to save the princess Zelda, who has been captured by the dark Lord Ganon. She has scattered the pieces of the Triforce across the land and it is up to you to find them and slay the wicked Ganon in order to save the Princess. In a surreal world that is populated with quaint towns and forests full of monsters, it's easy to see why this was voted "Best NES Game" of all time. It is an enduring epic adventure in puzzle solving, medieval fantasy and good old fashioned action packed exploration where there is always something new to find. You explore dungeons, dozens of hidden passages, collect rupees, and solve baffling puzzles. In the towns there are shops where you can buy things with the Rupees you have collected, and also friendly people who can help you. What makes this such an enduring classic is that it is a RPG full of surprises, adventure, secrets, hidden passages and caves, diverse enemies, and many weapons objects such as shields, swords, magic potions, boomerangs and arrows, and an addictive quest! You battle with monsters, bats and dragons. The gameplay is typical arcade style, but the game is extraordinary. You can save your game and start later where you left off, and if you get defeated, you can use the continue option and begin again at the starting location with the items you collected up to that point. What Nintendo was able to accomplish with this innovative game would forever effect the video game industry RPG gameplay, design and control. This is the early NES masterpiece that (for all intents and purposes) started the RPG home video genre. Having a classic of this magnitude is indeed Five Stars, and provides a multitude of challenge, exploration, fun and adventure. This game positively top notch, worth every penny, and more!
Review by NesMan (NeS GaMeR)